Vanasthali Rural Development Centre (VRDC); Pune, Maharashtra
Contact: Ms. Sushama Sathaye
January 2019 – January 2020
PPI support in 2018-19 was utilised for teachers training program. This program is the backbone of the Vanasthali Rural Development Centre’s efforts in improving learning experiences and facilities of rural children at primary and pre-primary level. PPI funding benefited 108 women from the districts of Pune, Nasik, Satara and Latur this year. The teachers in training get exposure to subjects like Child Psychology, Child Education and Upbringing, Nutrition and Health, Child Welfare, Management of Pre-primary Schools, and Methodology in Child Education. These women have been since engaged in activities which are aimed at nurturing the curious minds of children while nurturing their creativity.
Two additional programs of shorter duration (2-3 days each) were conducted to encourage paper bag making and use to reduce the use of plastic bags in rural areas. During these workshops, teachers were also provided with information on new curriculum in schools and with alternate teaching strategies such as the use of theater in classrooms to not only engage the students but to also motivate the teachers.